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Still searching for the perfect way to ring in the new year? Well, look no further because Philly 360° has pulled together a list of 11 of our top New Year's Eve parties.
From partying like a rock star at Hotel Monaco's Stratus Rooftop bar and to sweating it out on the dancefloor at favorite nightlife hubs like Voyeur, Silk City and Johnny Brenda — we've got all of the parties that you want to know about. The biggest problem you'll have now is figuring out which one of this can't-miss affairs to attend.
So, let's closeout 2015 with a bang! And, get ready for an epically awesome 2015. Let's go!
Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, 6 p.m. and midnight, free.
Philadelphia will ring in 2015 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. With shows at 6 p.m. and midnight, revelers of all ages will have a chance to celebrate the New Year. Best of all, there are plenty of great places to watch the spectacular free show. MORE
Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., $40
Celebrate the New Year at one of Philly's favorite afterhour joints, Silk City. DJ DeeJay will spin all of your favorite hits while you sip on signature cocktails from the open bar. The evening will turn up with a customary champagne toast at midnight while the crowd watches the ball drop on Silk City's big screen. Definitely a can't-lose situation. MORE
Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N Frankford Street, $10 p.m., No Cover
There's no better party than a free one, right? Bring in the new year sweating it out on one of our favorite dancefloors — Johnny Brenda's. This popular Kensington music venue and bar gets plenty of love year long from the local creative scene. So, if you're looking for the cool NYE hangout, make sure you hit this party up. DJ Royal T spin funk and disco all night. MORE
Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $150+.
Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco are joining forces for a festive New Year’s celebration on Independence Mall. Dine and dance the night away during A Midwinter Night’s Dream where one ticket gets access to food and drinks at Red Owl Tavern along with desserts, a champagne bar and a DJ at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Tickets start at $150 per person and can be purchased online. MORE
Voyeur, 1221 St. James Street, 10 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.,
Philly go-to destination for all things late night rings in the New Year with the party of the century. Gay, straight, black, white and everything in between — everyone parties at this Midtown hotspot. And, we suspect NYE will be no different. DJs Roman, Carl Michaels and Sal Dano are on deck to hold down the party playlist. If you hit one party, make it this one. MORE
Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia Hotel, 10 Avenue of the Arts, seatings begin at 5:30 p.m., $65-$175.
Get into the festive spirit at 10 Arts Lounge on New Year’s Eve with a special dinner tasting menu ($175 per person), live music from the band Amsterdam and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight ($65 per person). Stay overnight at the Ritz Carlton and get complimentary admission to the festivities. MORE
SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, 10 p.m., $75.
In addition to presenting both New Year’s fireworks shows, SugarHouse Casino is also a destination for explosive fun on December 31. SugarHouse’s New Year’s Eve Dance Fever features an open bar, live music, champagne toast at midnight and private viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza over the Delaware River. MORE
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, 11 p.m., $15.
One of the newest attractions on the Delaware River Waterfront, FringeArts says goodbye to 2014 with a funky celebration featuring live music, a beer garden bonfire, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m., enjoy sparkling cocktails and à la carte late-night specials at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away. MORE
The Downtown Club, 600 Chestnut Street, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $145-$200+.
Spend the last hours of 2014 in the gorgeous event space with New Year’s Eve at The Downtown Club. Located just off of Independence Mall, head to the luxe space for an opulent all-night French-themed party including multiple rooms of entertainment and party favors, a five-hour open bar with passed cocktails and a midnight toast, as well as a huge spread of food all night. Tickets are available online, and start at $145 and include complimentary valet parking. MORE
Union Trust, 717 Chestnut Street, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $119-$209.
The 10,000-square foot, bi-level Union Trust was originally constructed in 1850 as the Girard Corn Exchange Bank, and now serves as a luxe event venue. On New Year’s Eve, a ticketed bash features a six-hour open bar, party favors, a mini-buffet in the early evening, live DJ, champagne toast and ball-drop broadcast at midnight. MORE
Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $135-$140.
Now in its 10th year, the annual Celebrity Style Fireworks Gala at the Pyramid Club hosts hundreds of revelers on the 52nd floor of the the BNY Mellon Center in Center City. The all-inclusive party includes a five-hour open bar, butlered hors d’oeuvres, buffet stations, party favors, a champagne toast and fireworks views. MORE
Fourth of July weekend is finally here, and it's definitely time to turn-up. This weekend, there are tons of parties, concerts and other dope events going down for The Fourth. And, as always, Philly 360° is bringing you a list of must-hit events.
So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go!
When: Thursday, July 3, 9 p.m
Where: Voyeur Nightclub | 1221 St. James Street
More Info: Click here.
Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early. On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ J.Rocc, DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law all holding down the turntables at Voyuer for the return of Questlove's party the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs aka PSK. #bethere
When: Thursday, July 3, 10 p.m
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
More Info: Click here.
Thursday is definitely going to be a banger this week! Suga Shay is bringin' the Hard Candy vibes and Matthew Law will be spinning at Silk Cityright after his early set at PSK. No cover before 11p, only $5 after. Heineken and Sailor Jerry drink specials all night!
When: Friday, July 4| 12 – 7 p.m
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
More Info: Click here.
The takeover begins early in the day with the Party on the Parkway, which will feature an amazing array of vendors, delicious food and plenty of fun for the everyone. Also part of the Parkway takeover, but prior to The Roots hitting the main stage, Questlove will again curate his own stage of local and national acts.
When: Friday, July 4
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More Info: Click here.
The Legendary Roots Crew have become the faces and sound for Independence Day in Philly. The hip-hop band and hometown favorites return as the concert curators for one of the biggest parties to hit Philly — VH1 Presents Philly Fourth of July Jam during Wawa Welcome America!
The Roots always deliver with their handpicked lineup that will take over the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the largest FREE concert in America. So, who made the cut this year? The Lineup: The Roots | Nicki Minaj | Jennifer Hudson | Ed Sheeran | Aloe Blacc | Ariana Grand | Vicci Martinez
When: Friday, July 4, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad Street
More Info: Click here.
DJ Robert Drake has helped shape Philly's nightlife scene by introducing the New Wave genre to a whole new generation of ears with his monthly dance party. Close out your 4th of July festivities dancing the night away at The Dolphin to Drake's set of 80's pop, new wave and dance music.
When: Saturday, July 5
Where: Citizen Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost: $40.50 - $255
More Info: Click here to buy tickets. See below post for details.
Breaking: Bey and Jay are on the run! Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z just announced that they are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour. And, yes — they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, The Carters land at Citizen Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever.
When: Sunday, July 6
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: 5:30 p.m.
More Info: Click here.
Join BlackStar Film Festival’s Artistic Director Maori Karmael Holmes for a Behind the Screen conversation with renowned cinematographer Shawn Peters on the intersection between film, music, and art. The Brooklyn-based Peters uses light and form to tell unique stories.
He has been recently recognized for his work in the Sundance selected feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty as well as the documentary series The Triptych. He has been a sought after eye for music videos since he burst including collaborations with Pharoah Monch,Cody ChesnuTT, Gregory Porter, and Esperanza Spalding
When: Sunday, July 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden
More Info: Click here.
Live music and art collide, as singer/songwriter Suzann Chrstine, poet Seff Al Afriqi and visual artist Wilbur land at Sillk City for The Live Art Concert Series. While you're there, defintely check out Silk City's menu — you won't be disappointed that you did.
When: Sunday, July 6, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street
More Info: Click here.
Each and every Sunday,DJ Cash Money, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew bring you the hottest Sunday night afterhours party of the summer. Hosted at Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown Philadelphia, The Jawn is anchored by DJ Cash Money and includes a special guest DJ from the local music scene each week.
The wait is finally over. Tomorrow, the Roots Picnic lands at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for another epic day-long concert on the Philly waterfront. If you haven't grabbed your tickets yet, now is the time. You can also check out the official Philly 360° Roots Picnic Guide to get all the deets on how to get to venue, and best enjoy the show.
The vibe and atmosphere at Festival Pier will be nothing short of amazing, with tons of people partying to sounds of the incredible lineup of artists, all hand-selected by The Legendary Roots Crew. Janelle Monae, Chill Moody, Jhene Aiko, Snoop Dogg and more — you definitely won't want to miss it when your favorite acts hit the stage. Luckily for you, the set list for tomorrow's show was just released online. Check it out below.
Also, be sure to take a look at the — count them — FOUR dope Roots Picnic after parties that are going down tomorrow. Are you ready? We seriously hope so. #epic
Yes, you heard us right — after parties. Plural. This year, we've heard about a few dope parties going on after the Roots Picnic. So, once the last act leaves the stage, the party will continue. Get to your favorite spot and dance the night away, or if you are really down to party, you might want to stop by all of these spots. The details are below.
Red Bull is in our neck of the woods again! This time Red Bull Sound Select put together a nice line up of artists including Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Khari Mateen, Mike Taylor and Azealia Banks as the headliner for the show on Friday, July 26 at Voyeur. Red Bull continues to push boundaries and create their own lane in creative culture. This initiative boasts that it “celebrates local music and the people who push it forward.”
I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a closer look into the artists that will be performing and if you haven’t claimed your free ticket already, sorry it’s too late.
Azealia Banks – Known to be outspoken, this New York native does not hold her tongue for anyone. Among the frontrunners of female emcees, Banks creates her own space with free flowing lyrics over high energy, bass thumping beats. Banks is said to be releasing her debut project Broke with Expensive Taste sometime soon and she has worked with some industry vets to put together music that will blow your mind.
Khari Mateen – The multi-talented instrumentalist and producer has been showing us that he is just as comfortable in the limelight as he is behind the boards. From his intimate sunset performances to traveling across the country, Mateen is no doubt a one-man show. He sings, plays multiple instruments and captivates the audience. You can check out his EP on kharimateen.com.
Mike Taylor – His sound is fun and unique. Infused with elements of Pop, rock, and soul Taylor’s music sounds like the soundtrack to a great teen movie, i.e. Ferris Bueller, just of today of course! His style is colorful and eclectic and I have had the opportunity to see him perform in Philadelphia before. You’re definitely in for an experience! His latest single “Downtown kids” is currently available on iTunes.
International DJ competititon, Red Bull Thre3Style is spinning its way back to Philly for another fierce battle between some of the world's top DJs. This time, five DJs from major cities like New York, Boston and of course Philly will be on the ones and twos to compete for a spot in the national finals this spring.
This round of Red Bull Thre3Style will be hosted by none other than Philly-native, international DJ extraordinaire and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Rich Medina and judged by a serious panel of judges, including Philly 360° Creative Ambassador DJ Jazzy Jeff. Reppin' Philly in the contest will be our own homegrown hero DJ PHSH. The competition will be fierce, but we're pretty sure Philly's got this one in the bag.
Thursday, February 7
1221 St. James Street
For more information, visit redbullusa.com/thre3style.
To get the party started, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Questlove is throwing the ultimate pre-event with his annual dream party PSK - and he's invited a few of his celebrity DJ friends to help him! On Tuesday, July 3rd Questlove along with DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, Rich Medina, DJ Statik and others - collectively known as #PSK or the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs, will take over Voyeur Nightclub and throw the hottest party of the summer!
Click here to get your tickets today!
Tuesday, July 3
1221 Saint James Street
Philly's nightlife scene doesn't just sizzle in the summer. All year long, on any given night, you can see some of the top DJs in world spinning in Philly's nightlife spots. Many of them call Philly home. Check out some of our picks for see-and-be-seen nightclubs and where to catch some of the hottest DJs spinning.
As the birthplace of the nation and home to one of the world’s most vibrant creative scenes - there is no place better to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in Philly! This weekend, Wawa Welcome America presents an exciting weekend celebration jam-packed with fireworks, parades, entertainment, food and of course the largest free concert in America!
Staring this Saturday, you can kick off your Independence Day celebration by satisfying your sweet-tooth at the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival at Penn’s Landing. For only $7, this three-day long ice cream festival will let you indulge in as much of your favorite flavors as you can handle! If you stop by the festival on Saturday evening, but sure to checkout the fireworks show over the Delaware River at 9:30 p.m.!
It's not a part of Wawa Welcome America, but it's definitely one of my picks for this weekend. Questlove of The Roots will be on the ones and twos along with Diplo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinna and J Rocc for PSK (aka Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs) for a pre-Fourth of July Jam at Voyeur. Get your tickets here, because this show will definitely sell out.
The Welcome America festivities will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks on the steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art! This spectacular show is the nation’s largest free concert and will feature Philadelphia’s own Grammy award-winning band The Roots performing with an all-star lineup that includes Philly 360 Creative Ambassador DJ Jazzy Jeff, Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, and of course our own hometown hero and Philly 360 Creative Ambassador ?uestlove. The finale show will also honor the music of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff with a special 40th Anniversary tribute to their iconic “Sound of Philadelphia”. Of course, the concert will end with a dazzling fireworks lighting up the sky!
Thanks to Wawa Welcome America, Philly’s Fourth of July party promises to be bigger and better than ever before! So checkout the full celebration schedule online and don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate Independence Day Philly style!
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